4.5 stars This book, more specifically the beginning was not what I expected and I honestly did not know how I was going to be able to accept Archer and find any redeeming quality in him. Once I got past that, this book held me until the very end. This is by no means a light and happy book and at most times its is dark and has some disturbing scenes. I had to keep reminding myself that this was YA, because the characters just seemed older. But in my opinion it is brilliantly written and had me not wanting to put the book down until I found out everything about these broken characters. I really did not see any way out for any of them. The path that they had taken, individually and together, just seemed to be hopeless with no way out. This was a rollercoaster ride with twists and turns all leading to the final outcome which I never expected.